Calm and clear waters
The visitor to the district of Pájara can also appreciate the geological origins of the island and its subsequent evolution. Fuerteventura is the oldest of the Canary Islands and thus its coastline and the sides of the ravines are a genuine compendium of palaeontology. The rock types found here include underwater rocks that have been brought to the surface by the force of the magma and denser plutonic rocks as well as more recent deposits of lava. Ajuy is an excellent location to observe these various types as it is the oldest part of the entire Canarian Archipelago. The Ajuy caves are also to be found here with calcareous deposits, dykes and landslips among many other features.
The Matorral beach
The Matorral beach constitutes an enormous littoral of golden sand, protected by Jandía’s Massif of the strong winds of the north. For the tranquillity and cleanliness of its waters it possesses exceptional qualities so much for the bath as to be amused by its hot Sun, offering in addition the opportunity to realize multitude of nautical sports, among which it is necessary to emphasize the diving, the navigation in catamaran, excursions by ship or the practice of the sport king of Fuerteventura, the windsurfing.
In the high part of the beach a peculiar ecosystem of salt marsh develops where the vegetable species are adapted to periodic floods of the sea. Due to the importance of this community the zone has been declared Place of Scientific Interest by the Canary Law of Natural Spaces.
It is located opposite the urbanization Solana Matorral and it enjoys varied additional services, as hammocks with parasol and an endless number of near restaurants.
Esquinzo is a tourist urbanization, which born a few years ago around a beautiful beach of blond sand. Among the hotels which it possesses is necessary to emphasize the Municipal Hotel School, where there is offered to the visitor a careful service given by the pupils of the centre.
Among its sports offers it is necessary to emphasize the tennis, the windsurfing and the navigation in catamaran.
Likewise, it offers diverse restaurants where to savour the excellent range of Canarian local dishes or a select international food.
The Beach of Los Canarios
The Beach of Los Canarios is placed in the river mouth of the ravine of the same name.
It lacks any type of infrastructure, having therefore a wild and calm character.
Circular constructions of stone, like small refuges, are used by the visitors to be protected from the wind.
It is constituted by sand and rocks that the tide drags up to the shore occasionally, especially in winter. One accedes to it across a track of land of approximately a kilometre of length.
Sotavento Beach forms a chained set of successive and paradisiacal beaches. Kilometers of blonde sand stretch along a coastline bathed in crystal clear and calm waters.
Sotavento means ‘in the lee of the wind’ and this is the reason why these beaches are free of the influence of both the marine currents from the north and the brisk trade winds making them ideal for bathing.
In some parts, the beach measures as much as sixty metres from the upper edge down to the water. One such beach is Playa de la Barca, whose seductive beauty makes it a place not to be missed. For several successive years this has been the location of a round of the Windsurfing World Championships, which makes perfectly clear how good it is for enthusiasts of the sport.
The La Pared Isthmus is a narrow strip of land connecting the Jandía Peninsula with the rest of Fuerteventura. The width is between four and five kilometres at the narrowest point.
The entire surface is covered by an enormous range of sand dunes which are in constant movement thanks to the impulse of the trade winds transporting the sand from the western, windward coast towards the leeward side.
Due to the instability of the substrate and the semi-desert-like conditions there are few plant species that can survive. Nevertheless, the ‘aulaga’, the ‘espino’ and the ‘uva de mar’ proliferate.
This is the second most important holiday development in the district. Costa Calma offers a total of 7000 beds for tourism in either hotels or apartments.
There are restaurants, discotheques and shopping centres as well as sports facilities for windsurfing, diving and tennis
There is splendid white-sanded beach of considerable length, bordered by calm, crystalline waters.
There are sunbeds and shades available along the beach as well as bars and restaurants.
La Lajita beach
La Lajita is a small village located on the Sotavento coast, with just over a thousand inhabitants.
The economy is based above all on fishing, an activity which is combined with livestock-keeping and agriculture.
Over the last few years, taking advantage of the development of neighbouring areas for tourism, many of the inhabitants have sought alternative employment.
The village has a little beach, which has pebbles or sand according to the season.
There are a variety of restaurants offering typical dishes, featuring above all the produce of the sea.